the fire attack and rescue groups are now in a
position to advance handlines and begin to rescue
For the majority of single deck aircraft, access
usually can be made by using ground ladders that
can be found on ARFF apparatus. Regardless of
the size of the airport, the apparatus assigned to
it is often equipped with some kind of ladder —
hopefully, at least a 24-foot extension ladder. A
variation of ground ladders should be available.
If not, appropriate pre-planning should take place
with off-airport companies that can provide them.
Any large frame aircraft (LFA), defined as dual
aisle aircraft, can be accessed through the use of
ground ladders, but it is much more difficult if
doors are not open. On most LFA, the overwing
does not have an exit, (with the exception of
Boeing 767-200 and -300 models) and it is usually
just forward or aft of the wing. A ground ladder
in this position would create an unsafe climbing
angle and not serve as a safe entrance to the
aircraft for removal of victims. The access point
chosen is also the firefighters’ escape point. If the
access is awkward, it is unlikely that rescue from
that point is possible.
An alternate means of accessing LFA under
emergency conditions is to use airstairs that are
assigned to the airport. It is also possible to make
use of fire department aerial apparatus. Although
the ARFF world has debated which is better, in an
emergency situation it really doesn’t matter, as the
objective is to gain access to the aircraft.
ARFF will be tasked with mitigating any event
occurring on an aircraft that lands at the airport —
either planned or unplanned. It doesn’t need to be
a scheduled aircraft, as was the case when United
To recognize persons
who have earned the
Firefighter (C.F.) and
Fire Fighter (C.M.F.)
ARFF Training Alliance
has implemented a
under which persons
who earned the old
transfer to the new A.M.F.
and A.F.O. designations,
subject to approval.
Since the official launch
of the ARFF Professional
Designation Program in
mid-July, a total of 11
candidates have enrolled
in the A.M.F. program,
11 candidates have been
grandfathered into the
A.M.F. program, and four
have been grandfathered
into the A.F.O. program.
The ARFF Training
Alliance early in the
planning stage sought
to gain interest in
these programs from
The training alliance
Aeronautical University to
allow A.F.O. candidates
to use their research
project for potential
future college credit,
if they decide to seek
a degree. In addition,
the training alliance
partnered with Utah
Valley University (UVU)
to allow UVU students
seeking an Aviation Fire
Officer Associates degree
to complete the A.F.O.
program as part of the
required capstone course
to earn the degree.
For more information
about the new ARFF
Program, visit http://www.
aaae.org or contact Kevin
Miller, AAAE, at (703) 824-
0500, Ext. 157, or Kevin.